The first topic on my mind this morning is how CGI scripting interfaces work on Windows.
I know *nothing* about this!
Please educate me. Send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If someone wants to write a definitive piece on this, I'll post it.
WebMonkey's Jeff Veen takes a look at Frontier.
This is exciting!
I'm using NT 4.0 right now to write this text using Frontier's outliner and
rendering the HTML text thru the website framework in Frontier.
but for right now Frontier is mostly used for rendering static pages that
are not rebuilt every time they're accessed.
for CGI scripting.
DaveNet: One of Two.
Wired: Microsoft to hold a Java developer briefing next month in Seattle.
MacWEEK takes a first look at Macromedia's DreamWeaver HTML editor.
8/22/95: What is a Platform?
SJ Merc: DOJ says Microsoft officials lied.
http://www.recommend-it.com/ is a Frontier site.
The SF Weekly has pictures of Bill Gates dancing.
How did I miss this?
SilverStream looks very interesting.
James Gosling is PC Mag's person of the year.
And guess who got the lifetime achievement award.
While things are slower now, why not read 10 Random DaveNets?
Apple donates its history to Stanford. Good move!
The Atlantic Monthly reviews Riven.
Reading the regcards,
we learned that a bunch of people are intimidated by the techy discussions on the main Frontier mailing lists.
So we started the Frontier-newbies
list, moderated by Thea Partridge, with a unique approach, a commitment to keep it focused on the easy and simple stuff.
released on 9/12/97.
there won't be a free version of Frontier 5. Don't worry. At some point in the
future there may be a commercial release of Frontier, but there will absolutely
be a free release of Frontier 5. There may be a feature set that's commercial,
but that hasn't been decided yet.
A picture taken at Sunday's 49ers game in SF.
That's me in the foreground (looking serious!) and Aryeh, Jacob and Marc Canter in the background.
A great Frontier site. You'll laugh!
PC WEEK: Gates says DOJ action could kill Windows.
Don't worry Bill, we'll save it!
Is it scriptable?
Slate reviews Esther Dyson's new book.
Was it worth the effort to port Frontier to Windows? Read on...
"I am ... blown away is the right way to describe my feeling. In fact, it's
eerily like when I first discovered Emacs. At that time I wrote a congrat
email to James Gosling, and now I'm writing one to you! This is a winner
idea. Having an ODB with a name space and stored scripts and the scripts
have access to the name space directly. First time I heard about it I said,
yeah sure that's nice, it just didn't hit home how powerful this is until I
actually used it." That feels so incredibly good!
The answer is yes, it was worth the trouble. Let's have fun!
Here's a list of all the UserLand-hosted mail lists, on one page.
Two new lists: Scripting Announcements and
Our mail server, mail.scripting.com, was off the air, but it's back now.
DaveNet: Once A Week.
A redesign of my personal website, including
part two of my life as a software developer,
a site outline and
a screen shot of my Windows NT work environment.
Here's what Solitaire looks like just as you're about to win.
Jakob Nielsen reviews Esther Dyson's new book.
ABC News: Gates’ Internet Fiction.
In October 1994, Gates responded
to an early DaveNet piece about Microsoft and the Internet.
Re-reading his response in late 1997, yes, I think he was reasonably clued in about the net in 1994.
about Bill Gates. Summary: he's Salieri, not Mozart.
A great RealAudio soundbite
from Gates's Comdex keynote yesterday.
A new HyperCard mailing list.
For about 30 minutes this morning the home page here contained the home page text for my personal site.
That's the trouble with powerful tools, you can make powerful mistakes!
including one of Matthew Dornquast, the web developer
last week. If you look closely you can see WebSTAR and Frontier on the screen of their Macs.
We need a DLL to
connect Frontier 5/Win to web browsers.
Spyglass posted docs for a standard interface
thru TCP, Apple Events, and DDE.
We believe this interface is supported by both Netscape and Microsoft.
We already have the Apple Event interface for Frontier/Mac.
We want to get a similar suite working with the Windows product.
We think the source code for the DDE interface on Windows should be public.
Anyone want to do this? We'll get to it eventually if no one does it.
Smalltalk environment works.
WebMonkey did a site redesign.
What do you think?
Send mail to email@example.com.
This week's Spencer F. Katt has a couple of
juicy tidbits. Microsoft is doing a bundling deal for NT 5.0 with
Marimba, and Apple is getting ready to acquire Silicon Graphics.
Here's a cooool website for you to check out.
PGP Inc. has a special licensing program for shareware developers.
at the software used by an accomplished Windows NT-based web developer.
There's a picture of Dornquast on Apple's website.
He's sitting on a chair in a very weird way!
We're deep into the process of cleaning up and getting the Windows version of Frontier
released. It's only natural that we'd focus on Windows while this is happening.
is a Windows utility that tells you what folders use the most disk space.
InfoWorld: Sun gains ISO approval for Java standard.
HotWired's John McChesney interviews
Silicon Valley attorney Gary Reback on Microsoft and anti-trust.
Here's a Sun Microsystems website that was built in Frontier
by John Lieske, firstname.lastname@example.org. It's beautiful!
Mason Hale used TextPad for a while,
but switched to UltraEdit because it does syntax coloring
and integrates with external apps like Sun's Java compiler. He also
uses HomeSite to edit HTML text.
He was pivotal in the development of Frontier as a
Mac CGI scripting environment and
wrote pieces about his experiences with
Patrick Curtain's favorite Windows text editor is
his message and my response.
I don't claim to speak on behalf of all Frontier users, so if you use Frontier, feel free to send him your own response.
Nombas: ScriptEase Integration SDK.
Matthew Dornquast, email@example.com, says
a great BBEdit alternative/replacement for HTML editing.
Another webmaster, Chris Laco, likes TextPad for
editing HTML text on Windows.
James Hebert likes PFE and
Searchable archive for the Windows-Newbies list.
Sun's benchmarks (and a DaveNet
piece from last week).
I'm working this morning on an overhaul of the website building stuff in Frontier 5.
Testing it out on the Scripting News home page.
If you see macro errors, they're part of the experience!
Please don't send me email about this.
on the Windows-Newbies list:
If you want to perform an operation on multiple windows, you can Ctrl-click their buttons on the task bar until
all the ones you want to perform it on are 'depressed', then right-click on one of the depressed buttons to select
the operation in question. It could be easier.
Do you have an award-winning website?
Here's one! This site is managed with Frontier. Of course!
We do nice things with AppleScript!
Bill Gates in the WSJ: Who Decides What Innovations Go Into Your PC?
Interesting fact! You can't read the Bill Gates piece in a Netscape browser because it's missing a </table> tag.
Download page for the Be OS. Good idea!
DaveNet: Houston to Austin.
Another DaveNet: Jobs Was Boring.
MacWEEK report on today's Apple announcements.
Why didn't Jobs promote the Power of Ten program today?
A new mailing list for Windows newbies. Like me!
Microsoft: Keyboard shortcuts in Windows 95.
ZDNet will webcast today's Apple event, starting at 11AM Pacific.
A trip down memory lane: MORE, MORE, Dinosaur
by Matt Neuburg. I still use it!
In this piece I said that Sun had claimed 50-times better performance than Windows NT
at running the Pendragon Java benchmark. In fact, Sun only claimed 50-percent
better performance. I ran a correction thru email and changed the piece on the website.
calls for a hatemail campaign against Bill Gates.
director of platform marketing at Microsoft.
with approx 785 days before 12/31/99,
the Scripting News home page was built with
Frontier 5.0a11 running on Windows NT 4.0.
Wish us luck!
as of 6:25PM. It's not working as well as it works on the Mac, Eudora isn't scriptable on Windows,
and clipboard.get isn't working in Frontier/Win. So there won't be confirming email until we get
a direct TCP function working, and I'm going to have to be selective in postings because
there's a fair amount of manual work involved.
It was an easy fix. So far so good!
News.com: Sun says what they did was OK.
If Pendragon's claims are true, Sun behaved unethically.
Their marketing people are compounding the problem.
Pendragon Software: Sun cut corners for Java benchmarking.
Apple press alert for the 11/10 event.
He's leaving an easy trail to follow! Here's an email
from Steve Jobs to an Apple reseller in Chicago.
Earlier today, the San Jose Mercury
suggested that the big news is direct Dell-like selling of Macs to end users.
that Apple could run this application on. It's
Netscape-Enterprise/2.01, which isn't available for Mac OS or OpenStep, but is often used with WebObjects on NT or Solaris.
It's the same software that's running The Vatican website.
Everyone's going to be pointing to this QuickTime movie today.
Happy third birthday to MacInTouch!
New words for an old tune. Reload!
News.com is starting to ask the tough questions about Java. Yaaaay!
Steve Harley, firstname.lastname@example.org, says consistent UIs are a good thing. I agree!
The News.com article asked what makes the Lotus announcement different from the previous alliances announced to build a decent UI library into Java.
My two cents: People write software, not alliances.
Hunter S. Thompson: Doomed love at the taco stand.
How many Mac OS servers are out there?
Doesn't it matter how they move forward?
Microsoft's Yusuf Mehdi talks about browser market share.
Here's a July CNN interview with Mehdi;
and a USA Today report from August 1996
that put MSIE's share at between 5 and 10 percent.
We're moving fast on fixing the scripts in Frontier's object database to be cross-platform.
An updated package of 5.0 objects was uploaded last night, with change notes.
free, portable versions of the Zip and UnZip
compressor-archiver utilities that are compatible with the DOS-based
Jim Correia came up with a short script that works
without crashing with ZipIt 1.3.8. We're cookin with gas now!
DaveNet: "Working on Windows".
Preston Holmes travels to New Orleans. (With pictures!)
What powerful cross-platform web scripting
means to UserLand.
PGP, Inc: SDK website.
Fred Moody on ABCNEWS.com: Best Attorneys Money Can Buy.
Another round of changes in the Frontier 5 verb set,
following yesterday's changes.
Everything's messy, working around all kinds of bugs and hitting deal-stoppers.
When we're done, Frontier will be a lot simpler.
in Frontier 5.
© Copyright 1997-2006 Dave Winer.